WhereMoores Lane Magdalene Street upper Drogheda Louth
Magdalene Tower has been a landmark in Drogheda for nearly 500 years
The extent and prestige of the Dominican Friary of St Mary Magdalene can be gauged by the height of the surviving tower and its position on elevated ground. The friary was founded in 1224 by Luke de Netterville, the Archbishop of Armagh, and was supported by kings, popes and parliaments: royal alms, papal indulgences and exchequer grants. But when, as part of the dissolution of monasteries, it was closed in 1540 most of the buildings had already been taken down.